Praxislaw
Devoted to law ... Since 1974

Details of the law firm Praxislaw

The law firm Praxislaw is a non-trading company without legal personality (a de facto partnership). It is entered in the Belgian Trade and Companies Register under number 0850.208.661, and registered with the VAT administration under number BE 0850.208.661.

Its registered office is located at 412 F Chaussée de Waterloo, B-1050 Brussels.

Praxislaw and its partners may be contacted by ordinary mail and by the following means of communication:

Telephone: 00. 32 (0) 2 344 18 45
Fax: 00. 32 (0) 2 347 21 23
Email: info praxislaw.eu
The “Contact” section of the web site www.praxislaw.eu

Fees and costs:

Our fees cover various intellectual services, particularly including telephone and other discussions both with our clients and with other people involved, attending meetings, examining documents received, drafting letters, legal research, giving legal opinions, drafting and examining procedural documents, appearing in court and during pleadings, conducting negotiations, drafting and examining agreements.

Financial conditions vary in relation to various criteria, including the urgency of the services required, the matter concerned, the lawyer’s specialization and the issues at stake.

In the majority of cases, the fees charged for our services are set on the basis of a fee rate communicated during initial discussions but, as the case may be, they might include a success fee agreed in advance.

Setting a global budget can frequently be problematic, since it is impossible to foresee the evolution and the level of difficulty of a particular case. But in specific instances this does not exclude an inclusive sum being set or, for more common types of litigation, a standing charge.

In addition to fees, costs directly incurred in managing cases are also charged to our clients, i.e. case opening and closing charges, secretarial work and correspondence, emails, photocopies and faxes, telephone calls, travel and archiving.

The method of calculating these costs is notified to our clients at the commencement of our involvement.

In addition to fees and costs, certain expenditure on the client’s behalf may have to be reimbursed. These would include court fees, copies of procedural documents, conducting domiciliary research, obtaining identity and other official documents, title registers, mortgage searches, criminal records, commercial information, interventions with third parties such as bailiffs, notaries, technical advisers, and so on.

It is normal practice, particularly in commercial cases, to request a retainer at the start of the case, and then to send fee notes and interim cost statements specifying the services covered and the costs incurred.

Professional liability insurance

Our professional liability is covered up to a limit in principal of € 15,750,000 per claim.

Basic cover of € 1,250,000 is guaranteed by the Professional Liability Policy with Ethias subscribed by the Order of French and German-Speaking Bars as well as the Order of Dutch-Speaking Bars, enhanced by second level cover of € 2,500,000 per claim with Ethias, and third level cover of € 12,000,000 per claim with the companies HDI Gerling Assurances and AIG Europe.

“Claim” means any claim made rightly or wrongly against PRAXISLAW and/or against one or more of its partners and/or against one or more members of its staff on the basis of an act or omission or a series of acts or omissions by one or more partners or members of staff, trainees or any other person for whom PRAXISLAW and/or one or more partners are responsible in the exercise of their profession as lawyers.

All claims made on the basis of the same casual event are considered to be one and the same claim. In such a case, the limit will apply for the entire firm.

Details of the partners

The law firm PRAXISLAW has the following partners:

BVBA Daniela Bergmans Advocaat, registered at the BCE with the number 0537.512.632, represented by its manager, Maître Daniela Bergmans (dbergmans praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

Maître Luc De Caevel, registered at the BCE with the number 0816.420.690 (ldecaevel praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

BVBA Depuydt Law, registered at the BCE with the number 0542.999.268, represented by its manager, Maître Paul Depuydt (p.depuydt praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

BVBA Mélanie Ghys Advocaat, registered at the BCE with the number 0832.371.450, represented by its manager, Maître Mélanie Ghys (mghys praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45)

Advocatenkantoor Dirk Lambrecht BVBA, registered at the BCE with the number 0825.854.931, represented by its manager, Maître Dirk Lambrecht (dlambrecht praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

Maître Philippe Leclercq, registered at the BCE with the number 0816.418.811 (phleclercq praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

SPRL Michel Maréchal, registered at the BCE with the number 0455.384.118, represented by its manager, Maître Michel Maréchal (mmarechal praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

Maître Georges-Bernard Van Parys (bvanparys praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

BVBA Heethem Wim, registered at the BCE with the number 0891.903.419, represented by its manager Maître Wim Heethem (wheethem praxislaw.eu, telephone: 32(0) 2 344 18 45),

Luc De Caevel, Philippe Leclercq and Michel Maréchal are Members of the “Ordre French des avocats du Barreau de Bruxelles” (French Bar in Brussels).

Daniela Bergmans, Paul Depuydt, Mélanie Ghys, Dirk Lambrecht and Georges-Bernard Van Parys are Members of the “Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel” (Dutch Bar in Brussels).